Military college mastering security management

Norwich University in Vermont offers techies a master's program in information assurance. The program is for IT professionals who want to cross over into security management and eventually land a chief security officer position.

Nestled in rural Vermont, Norwich University is probably not your first thought when you think of institutions offering cutting-edge information security education. But that is just what the century-old military college is doing.

Norwich is offering an online master's degree program in information assurance for people with strong technical backgrounds who want to make the leap to security management. It is not the program for folks who want hands-on technical training, said Michel Kabay, the program's director. "We are filling a gap," Kabay said. "Many of our students have technical backgrounds, but they don't have adequate management experience."

Many students in the program have ambitious goals in mind, such as taking on more security matters at their jobs or becoming chief security officers. Others have an eye toward becoming a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

The program requires students to have the support of their employers, which allows them to apply what they learn from their classes in a real-world environment, Kabay said. It's expected that students will continue working while going to school. In fact, the program reflects the fact some there are a lot of people who want advanced education but, because of work and families ties, can't move someplace for a year or two for a traditional program.

The Norwich program lasts 18 months and culminates in a two-week residency, which includes a week of hands-on laboratory work at the school's Northfield, Vt., campus. This is the only training included in the program. The residency, which is included in the tuition, is also a time for networking and meeting with staff and other students.

The program attracts students from all over the United States and from countries as far away as South Korea and Nigeria. Kabay expects that the school will soon have Indian students, as well as students from China and Japan.

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